The degree project in architecture is based on a thesis booklet, which sets out a design research question that is to be addressed through architectural means.
The degree project allows students to deepen and develop their knowledge with respect to a specific subject area within the field of architecture, and to develop a piece of design-based research within the field of architecture.
The degree project allows students to explore a design problem, develop design methods and design techniques, and to situate their work in relation to a broader architectural context.
The degree project must be completed within the given time frame of one semester; successfully doing so is an integral part of the assignment.
Intended learning outcomes *
Upon completing the degree project, the student should be able to:
demonstrate the ability to develop the field of architecture; relate their diploma project to the contemporary architectural context and to a set of contemporary architectural concerns; and thereby demonstrate that they possess the academic and professional skills required of an architect.
show that they possess adequate knowledge of the scientific and artistic bases of the field of architecture, including knowledge of relevant research and development being undertaken within that field.
reflect on and formulate a clear architectural design problem; reflect upon and develop appropriate methodologies and design techniques; and identify the need for additional knowledge.
handle complexity in design and demonstrate an advanced understanding of programme and function, context, technology, and the aim of achieving economic, social, and ecological sustainable development in a society.
reflect upon and evaluate the contribution made by their degree project and the knowledge acquired through their work process.
communicate and present their degree project to a jury, and to clearly communicate the knowledge they have acquired within the given time frame.
Course Disposition for A52ARX valid from Autumn 2020. For Course Disposition spring 2020 please see Course Syllabus for Autumn 2019
The degree project should be based on an assignment that is academically independent and may not be carried out at the direct behest of an external party e g companies or the public sector.
The course structure of the degree project includes:
Regular supervision by an appointed supervisor
After receiving the grade pass on the project submission, the project needs to be presented at Diploma Days in order to receive the credits of the course.
The degree project is to carried out mainly individually. In certain cases, the degree project can be carried out in collaboration with another student. A precondition is that each student's effort corresponds to the requirements and learning outcomes for the individual degree project. An application for cooperation must be submitted as part of the registration to the course before the term starts.
Literature and preparations
Specific prerequisites *
To enroll in the degree project course, a student must:
have passed all compulsory courses listed in their relevant programme syllabus—i.e., either the syllabus for the Degree Program in Architecture or for the Masters of Architecture;
have passed 270 credits of the 300 credits required for the Degree of Master of Architecture; or
have passed 90 credits of the 120 credits required for the Degree of Master of Science (120 credits) with a major in Architecture.
A thesis booklet must be approved before work on the degree project can commence.
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The main supervisor makes a decision regarding relevant course literature for each individual project, in dialogue with the student.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
Grading scale *
A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Examination degree project second cycle,
Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.
The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
ARX1 - Examination degree project second cycle, 30.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability. The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.
Examination (EXA 1) is performed after project submissionby the examiner in consultation with course responsible and supervisor.
If the project submissionis not considered to meet the requirements for Pass (A-E) the student gets the degree Fail (F).
The number of examination sessions is limited to five.
Other requirements for final grade *
The degree project must be presented at the KTH School of Architecture Diploma Days.
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination